Notebook: Rice comes off PUP

The Vikings have activated WR Sidney Rice off the physically unable to perform list and he started practicing on the same day that the Tennessee Titans were awarded Randy Moss off waivers. Oh, and by the way, Brett Favre and Percy Harvin weren't practicing. It was another busy Winter Park Wednesday.

Randy Moss is gone. Sidney Rice is back, kind of. Just another typical Wednesday at Winter Park.

Rice began practicing for the first time during the 2010 regular season as he works his way back from hip surgery on Aug. 23. The Vikings will have three weeks to make a decision on Rice's future. They can either activate him to the 53-man roster – they currently have 52 players on the roster – or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

Rice participated in Wednesday morning's walkthrough and the more taxing afternoon practice, where he was running routes and making cuts at what appeared to be full speed.

"We'll just see how he progresses here. He's done everything that he can do from a rehabilitation standpoint," Vikings coach Brad Childress said Wednesday. "Not unlike us with Cedric getting out there, he needs to do football-specific things. He'll come out and take some turns today. He'll be on the scout team running today and we'll see how he comes back tomorrow."

Rice wasn't available for comment on Wednesday but is expected to be available on Thursday.

While the Vikings haven't filled the final roster spot made available with Moss being placed on waivers, Childress appeared to try to lower the expectations for a quick return to game action for Rice.

"There's a conditioning aspect that's got to be met. Obviously football's a physical game – the pounding, the running on the turf, the full-speed routes," Childress said. "We'll just see how he comes through that. You've got two pretty good examples of guys coming off significant injuries down in Green Bay. It's been a couple weeks and those guys haven't been activated. I don't have a crystal ball. We'll just see what he can do by the end of the week."

While Moss and Rice won't have the chance to be paired together, Rice was looking forward to that possibility when asked about it Oct. 13.

"That means when I do get back, then teams are going to have some trouble. I'm not going to put everything on Randy's shoulders. They brought him in for a reason and that's to help this time whether I'm out there playing or not," Rice said at the about three weeks ago. "I think he's going to a good job. The receiver play has picked up."

Vikings coach Brad Childress said they will use Hank Baskett more as well. Baskett has been inactive for the last four games and has one catch for 18 yards.

"We'll elevate his turns and get him in the mix. He'll help us there and he'll help us on special teams," Baskett said.


Brett Favre didn't practice Wednesday because of foot, ankle and chin injuries. Against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 24, he suffered a stress fracture in his ankle and avulsion fracture in his heel. Against the New England Patriots on Oct. 31, he took a shot to his jaw and received 10 stitches. And that's not even taking into account the tendinitis in his throwing elbow.

"Aside from all those (injuries), I'm great," Favre said with a smile. "No, people, whether it be home or up here (say), ‘Hey, how are you feeling?' I say I probably should feel a lot worse. That's not to say tendinitis hasn't bothered me at one point. That's not to say I have two broken bones in my left foot doesn't bother me. Last night at 4 in the morning when I woke up throbbing …

"But during the game, I moved around fine. Actually, way better than I thought I would. I wasn't anticipating getting smacked in the chin. That made me forget about the foot. You see where I'm going with this. Week in and week out, I don't know what it will be this week, but I'll probably forget about the chin. But overall, I'm ok."

Receiver Percy Harvin (ankle) was the other Viking that wasn't practicing Wednesday. Harvin twisted his ankle on his first catch of Sunday's game. He returned to action a short while later and ended up with six receptions for 104 yards.

Six other Vikings were limited Wednesday: CB Chris Cook (quadriceps), OL Chris DeGeare (ankle), LB Ben Leber (knee), CB Lito Sheppard (hand), CB Frank Walker (hamstring) and DT Pat Williams (elbow).

CB Asher Allen (back) and C John Sullivan (calf) were full participants.

For the Cardinals, LB Clark Haggans (groin) didn't practice. DT Alan Branch (back), WR Steve Breaston (knee), LB Will Davis (groin), WR Early Doucet (groin), DE Kenny Iwebema (shoulder) and RB Beanie Wells (knee) were limited.

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